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Aruba Travel Wiki

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Find general travel information, guides and “good to know”. Find the cheapest flights and best hotels offers in one click multi search engine - just click a city and discover the best of the country.

Travel to Aruba

Aruba is a small island in the Caribbean Sea that is officially a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is often referred to by its nickname: “One Happy Island.” Its location is just 29km off the coast of Venezuela. The island itself is only 10km wide at its widest point. What makes the island so different from its neighbors is that Aruba is arid and dry. It is more reminiscent of a desert than a tropical island, complete with cacti strewn across its landscape. That does provide one unique advantage. Visiting Aruba means one is almost always guaranteed to experience warmth and plenty of sunshine.

Aruba’s beaches come in many different shapes and sizes. You’ll find white sands and crystal-clear blue waters awaiting you. The sunsets are particularly spectacular and several providers offer a calendar that references the specific times for sunset so romantic activities can be planned. Be sure to see the Natural Pool, hidden in a rock formation that juts out into the ocean. It is the best day trip the island offers. You might also enjoy a drive to the California Lighthouse, a tour of the Aruba Aloe Factory, or the 7 natural bridges that can be found on the island. There is even an ostrich farm you can visit if you wish.

Nearly 20% of the island is devoted to Arikok National Park, home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the entire Caribbean. The island is also a popular destination for water sports, hosting an internationally recognized windsurfing competition each year. Diving, snorkeling, and other water sports are world-class on Aruba, as is the fishing. You can book a 5-star resort experience, tour museums, or get to know the culture better with a guest-house stay. You are in control of your holiday in Aruba, so be sure to plan the perfect adventure.

Why you should visit Aruba

Aruba is famous for its perfect climate, even when compared to other temperate southern Caribbean islands. Balmy 80 degree days, gentle trade winds, and very little rain make Aruba a dream destination. Add Aruba’s trademark turquoise waters and powdery white sand, and you have the ideal tropical vacation. Most of the island’s most popular beaches, along with resorts and casinos, are clustered on the west side. The capital, Oranjestad, is home to palm tree-lined streets with pastel buildings, shopping, and restaurants.

There’s a beach for everyone in Aruba: on the south-eastern coast of the island, Baby Beach is shallow and gentle, perfect for small children and waders. Eagle Beach has bigger waves and bustles with activity whereas quieter Arashi Beach has fewer amenities, but is more tranquil. Boca Catalina is renowned as a paradise for snorkelers. For scuba divers, the wreck of the Antilla, a German freighter ship, is the top diving destination.

When you want a break from the beach, explore the free National Archaeological Museum, the Alto Vista Chapel, built by Spanish missionaries in 1750, or take a tour of the Balashi Brewery, makers of the local beer. Families will love visiting the Phillips Animal Garden, a petting zoo in Noord, and the Butterfly Farm in Palm Beach.

If you want to try your luck at gambling, there are several casinos in the Palm Beach area and Oranjestad. Shoppers will love exploring the jewellery stores in Oranjestad, browsing through shops for Dutch products like Delft pottery and cheeses, and locally made crafts including leather products. There are ample shopping opportunities in the resorts, open-air bazaars, and the shopping districts of Oranjestad.

Take a tour or rent a jeep to explore a wilder Aruba at Arikok National Park. Sand dunes, interesting rock formations and caves are all parts of the rugged beauty in the interior of the island. Horseback riding and golf are other favourite outdoor pastimes in Aruba, and before your vacation ends, be sure to admire the famous fofti trees on Eagle Beach, a well-known symbol of Aruba.

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Oranjestad, capital of Aruba

Oranjestad Travel Wiki Travel to Oranjestad Sometimes called Playa, Oranjestad, Aruba is located on the western end of the island and provides immediate access to some of the best beaches that are available. Built around Fort Zoutan in the 18th century, the town originally didn’t even have a name. It was simply a place where horses were bred, raised, and exported. In Oranjestad, you’ll be able to engage your retail therapy needs before you enjoy some time in the sun. Along the...

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Aruba Holidays

Aruba Public Holidays See the calendars for national Aruba holidays year by year. Find and just click on the year you for which you need more information about Aruba holidays, and the calendar for the year will open. When is the non working days for the year. Public / national days, see the calendar for the country here. More information about Aruba If you are looking for gambling and fun in the sun, then off to, Aruba. The weather is not the only excitement people...

Best beaches in Aruba

Druif Beach With a spectacular stretch of sugar white sand, calm turquoise waters and a location close to the lively town of Oranjestad, there’s plenty of sun, sea and sand to be had on a vacation to Druif Beach in Aruba. Spend laidback mornings unwinding on the sun-soaked coastline, indulge in afternoon cocktails in the seafront bars, and relish evenings in high-quality restaurants enjoying delicious island cuisine before trying your luck in the Seaport Casino. There’s also plenty to do with the...

Diving at Aruba reefs

Explore the reefs There are plenty of gorgeous reefs to explore in the waters surrounding Aruba. You can find plenty of excellent coral formations and tropical fish along the sheltered southern and western coasts. Dives like Arashi and Harbour Reef offer plenty of scenery and depths ranging from 20 to 40 feet. Experienced divers will definitely want to explore the Natural Bridge, a sprawling coral formations at depths approaching 100 feet. Also the Lago Reef are popular, it is one of the deepest...

Meet Santa Claus In The Caribbean

Each December in the ABC Islands – Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao – locals and tourists celebrate the traditional Dutch holiday known as Saint Nicholas Day. Throughout the weeks leading up to the feast day on December 5, Sinterklaas – the Dutch precursor to the American Santa Claus – makes appearances throughout the islands and distributes gifts. Much like the Christmas season in America, the weeks surrounding Saint Nicholas Day are a very exciting time for Curacao and her sister islands....

National Tourist Information Aruba

Traveladvisor in Aruba: Are you going on a vacation you can get lots of free and professional help, traveladvice and information from the National Tourism Organisation. Discover the country and the cities getting the most out of your vacation with the professional help from the people who knows their country and their culture the best. Aruba Tourism Authority WEBSITE FACEBOOK TWITTER YOUTUBE FLICKR INSTAGRAM GOOGLE+ PINTEREST VIMEO About Aruba Aruba is a member of the ABC islands in the Caribbean. It is located far south, making it lie outside the hurricane belt. This...

Why you should visit Aruba

Why Visit Aruba ? Aruba is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and known as one of the ABC islands in the Caribbean, not far north of Venezuela. Repeat after me - Bon Bini !  That’s “welcome” in Aruba and anywhere else in the Dutch Caribbean. If you like warm, arid weather, beautiful sunny beaches, and stunning sunsets, Aruba might be the perfect place for you. One of the best things about this island is its climate. Unlike many of the other island in the...

Wreck diving in Aruba

Wreck diving With several ships submerged off the coast of the island, scuba divers and snorkelers can admire the diversity of the Caribbean’s aquatic life while exploring sunken vessels. The video shows dives at the SS Antilla and the SS Pedernales The Antilla A German freighter sunk at the end of WW II is known as the “ghost ship”, the wreck is the most popular dive in Aruba and it is also the largest wreck in the Caribbean. The wreck lies 60 feet...

Official holidays

When are holidays and no working days in the country ?

January 1New YearFixed
January 25Betico Croes DayFixed
Carnival MondayCarnival MondayVariable
March 18National Flag DayFixed
Good FridayGood FridayVariable
Easter MondayEaster MondayVariable
April 27Kings DayFixed
May 1Labor DayFixed
Ascencion DayAscencion DayVariable
December 25Christmas DayFixed
December 26Boxing DayFixed

List of Airports, IATA

List of IATA airports in the country, sorted in International, Domestic and Regional airports. Use the search field if you need information about a specific airport.

OranjestadArubaTNCAAUAQueen Beatrix International Airport International
List of Aruba IATA Airports